How to behave as a Muslim during the COVID-19 outbreak? That is the question that comes to our minds these days again and again. All of us are worried about the health of ourselves as well as that of our loved ones. And, that is natural. Here are some of the things which come to my mind while thinking about this issue these days.
Human life is of utmost importance. It must be saved even if you are forced to make some sacrifices like performing your Friday or Taraweeh prayers at home instead of going to mosques.
Precautions To Take During COVID-19 Outbreak
- Take extreme precautions by following the instructions given by the World Health Organization and authentic health experts in your country so that the virus does not spread due to you and/or others. Strictly follow the social distancing rule in your life. Follow the rules envisaged by the local authorities to control the pandemic in your area or country.
- Perform Wudu or absolution as often as you can. It will help you prevent the spread of this deadly disease.
- Quickly adapt to the new social norms of social distancing etc., if you have not done so.
- Avoid visiting other Muslim brothers and sisters who are either your relatives or friends and colleagues. This act alone may help prevent the spread of the disease. We need to be especially careful during the month of Ramadan as Muslims tend to get together for iftar dinners etc.
- Turn to Allah, think about His extreme powers, and repent for the sins you committed during your lifetime. Indeed, He is the ONLY ONE WHO can save us from this disease.
- Spread the message of Allah and Islam in whatever capacity you can. Talk to your non-Muslim friends about the powers of Allah and why they need to believe in Him as the only Creator of this world and all the worlds and the creations we do not know yet. However, please do so remotely as physically contacting your friends and colleagues during the pandemic is not recommended.
- Spend your isolation time to get closer to Allah. Learn the Quran. Learn the Hadith. Study the Arabic language. Learn things important for your personal and professional life.
- Do not listen to fake news and conspiracy theories spread on social media and other fake news channels.
- Eat healthy food to improve your immunity and those in your family
- Do not make an issue if your local mosque is closed for Friday prayers or even for Tawarweeh as the sole aim of that closure is to prevent the disease.
- Help the poor in your vicinity. Donate to the charities which are actively taking care of the poor in different parts of the world. Believe me, that is THE BEST investment you could make to save yourself from the wrath and anger of Allah on the Day of Judgement.
What else comes to your mind while thinking and experiencing this epidemic in your life? We would love to hear from you.